We're delighted to share highlights from SoFIA Celebrates, which honored leaders and volunteers who help empower people to thrive as they age. Couldn't make it? Watch the video and checkout the program below:
Veterans, who were once trained to defend our country, are now training other Veterans on how to adopt technology. Take a look at this from CBS Miami and meet George, one of these amazing Veteran trainers:
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 3, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) has announced a $75,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation which will support the non-profit organization’s caregiving and respite initiatives.
“Through the generous support of The Jim Moran Foundation, we are tackling the epidemic of loneliness that impacts the well-being and security of so many of our seniors,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “Just recently one of our senior companions was helping a woman with her mail and discovered an eviction notice. We were able to find the legal help to save the woman’s home. This donation will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of local seniors.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 19, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit which creates planning and development strategies to deliver socio-economic support programs for South Florida seniors, has named Debbie Savage to its board of directors. Savage is founder and president of Responsive Home Care, a private duty home care agency exclusively serving Broward County.
“Debbie’s long-time commitment to the local community and her extensive experience advocating for quality senior care will greatly enrich SoFIA’s mission,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “Caregiving is a focal point at SoFIA, with five thriving senior caregiving programs currently in place. Debbie’s knowledge and skill sets will help strengthen and expand the caregiving and senior services we provide.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 17, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) is training Palm Beach seniors in how to use technology as the non-profit that has been serving Broward County seniors for more than 50 years delivers services within the county for the first time.
“It will take a regional approach to undertake the social research, advocate for the public policy and provide the programing that will help South Florida’s seniors thrive in a rapidly changing world,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “We are pleased to offer the award-winning Senior Planet program that trains seniors to use technology to improve and enhance their social and civic engagement as our first services to Palm Beach County seniors.”
The CW's Inside South Florida recently featured SoFIA and how it is innovating the services provided to seniors. Check out the video and article here.
WLRN featured SoFIA seniors as they confront housing and transportation struggles:
For Dorothy Gay, there was never any question that Broward was where she would retire. She was born in Pompano Beach and has spent her entire life here. But now that she's retired, it's not easy for the 77-year-old. She struggles to get by. "You know how you think you going to save a little here and a little there, but you didn't?" she said.
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SoFIA hosted its second annual Caregiver Symposium presented by Sunshine Health and NSU on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at Nova Southeastern University. The day consisted of a variety of panels, discussions and presentations focusing on areas from well-being, to caregiver policy, to healthcare. A host of panelists and speakers participated coming from the government, advocacy organizations, and health fields. Below are some of the highlights and videos of the event for those who were not able to attend.
Catherine Avgiris is chair of the policy council of the South Florida Institute on Aging. As a former EVP and CFO of Comcast Cable, she knows how beneficial an IT help desk is. But not everyone has access to those resources, which is why in this Sun Sentinel opinion she supports SoFIA's Senior Planet technology training program:
"A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center found that slightly more than one in four internet users who
are 65 or older feel very confident when using computers, smartphones or other electronic devices to do the things they need to do online.
The rest are at risk of living in a digital desert by no fault of their own. The pace of basic technology is so rapid that they can’t keep up with the evolving technological changes underway in our society. Everyday online tasks that are a breeze for younger generations, like booking an Uber, banking online, uploading résumés or searching for affordable housing are confusing for the elderly. This divide creates a troubling paradigm of social and economic isolation for older Americans."
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By Peter Kaldes, SoFIA CEO
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections, by 2035, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. Here in South Florida, it is estimated that nearly one in four people will be at least 65 years old by 2040.
As we age, we are living longer: the Social Security Administration projects that men and women reaching 65 this year, can live until the respective ages of 84 and 86. One out of every four will live past 90 and one in 10 will celebrate a 95th birthday.
The aging population will affect health care in the increasingly important role of caregiver. In a paper entitled “What is the Physician’s Responsibility to a Patient’s Family Caregiver?” published with his co-author Mark J. Yaffe, M.D., in the May 2014 issue of AMA Journal of Ethics, Dr. David Barnard noted five systemic factors contributing to the increase in adult family caregivers, which I have paraphrased below:
1. The shift toward outpatient care and deinstitutionalization;
2. Economic pressures for early hospital discharge;
3. Reliance on hospitalists who are less likely to be familiar with the home situation to which they will discharge a patient;
4. The patchwork of fragmented social programs for home care;
5. The low-pay, high-turnover nature of home health care which diminishes the likelihood of a stable home health care workforce.
To which I would add a sixth factor: the projected shortage of home health care aides and personal care aides in a field which will need to add 1.2 million workers between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.